Do all the old timers on here use the giant OS rackets now????

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  1. jimanuel12

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    i was just wondering, since i am getting a little bit older, i seem to want to use the OS rackets now as opposed to the smaller head rackets.
    does that seem to be the choice of older players???
     
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  2. gpt

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    i'm 47(does that make me an old timer?)
    i use a 95 sq in and i still despise os frames
     
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  3. kimbahpnam

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    i think for older veteran players it'd be just the opposite
     
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  4. Court_Jester

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    Not me. While I used OS racquets for quite a while until as recently as four years ago, I've gone smaller in terms of head size of late. I went to 98 in '06 and then to my current 95. After demoing a 93 (PB10Mid), I've become convinced that I'm ready for this head size and maybe even a (gulp!) 90.
     
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  5. drakulie

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    use the kps88
     
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  6. coachrick

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    No OS for me. When I go out to hit, it's usually with old school rackets from the 70s...Red Head, YY8500, T2000, etc. If I had to play a 'money' match, I'd use my DNX 9. 102" would be the size I would choose if I could never change.
     
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  7. PBODY99

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    What do you mean by giant ?

    During my mid 40's I used the largest frame I could find< Gamma's BIG BUBBA both the Pro (137) & the TOUR {131}. As my various injuries healed, I went to 116's Dunlop, then Prince. Currently I use my Speedport Golds as 110s.
     
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  8. Tennis Man

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    I agree. I think so, too. I trying unsuccessfully to move to a 95 sq inch racquets like PT280, LM Radical Tour, Ultra Kevlar 95 but they just don't feel the same as my trusted scalpel-sharp 85 sq inch PS85, Prestiges and Donnays.
     
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  9. retrowagen

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    I played 98-inchers for a while while sharpening up, but ultimately I couldn't hit the shots I wanted to with it... Now I'm sharpened up enough to be back to a 90 sq-in model and am quite happy and hitting well.
     
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  10. rudester

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    played with ps85 for 25 years, trying to play with midplus racquets now as my eyes are not picking up the ball as well as previously, the midplus racquets are great from the baseline, just not as manueverable as i am used to, and feel really sluggish at the net. and still i experiment but nothing feels as natural as my old 85sq inch racquet. would not even consider oversize frame. Sometimes i even hit with my old Jack Kramer wooden racquet, this seems to improve my game when i return to modern frames.
     
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    95 is the largest of my frames. my match play frames are 88/90 sq in
     
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  12. pshulam

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    Most of my racquets are 90 sq in. I do, however, play with a 95 sq in racquet, e.g., Wilson Ultra FPK or Wilson Ultra Graphite.
     
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  13. jimanuel12

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    i use the os rackets now


    i currently use a 100 and a 105 sq in racket.
    i guess that is os compared to the 93 or 95 i used to use.
     
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  14. jimanuel12

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    no not at all

    you are a young whipper snapper!!!!
     
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    Most of the guys I play with (ranked juniors and college players "back in the day") are all playing with 90 or 95's. I'm currently playing with a 106, but will probably "go smaller" when I wear the current sticks out (which is taking awhile... old guys know how to throw rackets without 'em breaking... ;-) )
     
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  16. MAX PLY

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    Almost 50, play with a 95. No interest in going larger--hope to actually play with a 95 when I am 96.:)
     
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  17. jimanuel12

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    good for you. i hope to be playing until i am at less 100
     
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  18. jimanuel12

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    i am way pass throwing rackets - they cost too much to throw around but back in the day i would throw my woodie around every now and then.
    young and dumb - what can i say????
     
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    I have 'em oversize -- Prince Classic, Pro, and Graphite and a Wilson JK Millenium. Well, for collection only.

    I'm 44 and play with 90 and smaller. As for the OS's, so far I have a life-time TOTAL playing time of not more than 30 minutes.
     
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    i guess it is just me???

    it looks like from the respones here, i am the only older player that really does like the OS rackets, everyone else seems to like the 90sq - 95sq inch rackets.
    hey, that is cool with me but i still like to OS rackets better.
     
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  21. Gemini

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    I'm in my 30s (don't necessarily consider that an old timer) but I played with an OS racquet from juniors through college and then went to 93-98 sq. in. head sizes after that.

    I'm most comfortable at 98.
     
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  22. coachrick

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    Just received today a Slazenger Professional(wood stick somewhat like a beefed up Challenge #1, from the '70s, was a 'pro shop only' frame back then). That was the last wood stick I used seriously(until I went to work for Dunlop and used the club known as the McEnroe Maxply).

    I'll string it with something really fun(maybe nat gut) to remind me of hitting with such a small frame and enjoying the feeling. Don't think I would use it in a 'money match'...come to think of it, I wouldn't use ME in a money match! :)

    BTW, 56 years young :)
     
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  23. Ripper014

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    I'll be 51 next month and I am currently using a 90 sq/in frame... my frame of choice prior to that was my Prostaff 6.0 85 or the Dunlop Max 200g which is about the same size(85 sq/in).

    As a bi-product of the 70's I cannot comfortably hit with an oversized frame. I guess the long fast stroke are not conducive with OS rackets.
     
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  24. pshulam

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    What are you using now?
     
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  25. Ripper014

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    A lead weighted Prostaff Tour 90... I have always enjoyed playing most with a players frame.


    I have a friend that uses a KPS88 which I quite like, I have had a short demo with a K90 but have not really come to a conclusion about it yet, I am still looking forward to trying the nCode Tour 90 and of course the latest and greatest series when I can get my hands on one. But right now I am enjoying my stint with the Prostaff Tour 90.
     
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  26. pshulam

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    Thanks for sharing. It seems to be a great classic racquet with stable, solid feel based on the following reviews:
    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Reviews/WT90/WT90Review.html
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=119045
     
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  27. chollyred

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    I'm in my early 50s. After being away from the game for quite a few years, I've been using a very light 107" Prince frame. I'm getting to the point where I want to move back into a smaller, heavier frame. Thinking about something in the MP size. I don't think I'm ready to go as small as a mid-size yet.
     
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  28. jimanuel12

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    i did not mean to say "old timers"

    what i meant to say was "older players", now that is more politically correct.
    anyway, it looks like most of the folks who replied here like the smaller frames, 90 to 95 sq inches, something that really surprized me, since i prefer the larger head rackets.
    i laid off tennis for about 10 years, i traveled with my job all the time and did not have time to play.
    since returning to tennis a few years ago, i started out with a midsize head racket, then went to a wilson hyper hammer (i hate that racket).
    i tried a wilson players racket, a pro tour, 93 sq inches, but was just too small for me.
    anyone else besides me like the OS rackets????
     
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  29. pshulam

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    Don't hesitate. Go for it. Take your mid out for a spin.
     
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  30. vwfye

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    i have found that people that played with OS stick with OS and people that played with M or MP might go up one increment over time.
     
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